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Published: 22 March 2018

576 Pages | 43 black and white images, two 8pp black and white plate sections


ISBN: 9780198788959

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The Ascent of John Tyndall

Victorian Scientist, Mountaineer, and Public Intellectual

Roland Jackson

  • Drawing extensively on journals, letters, literary articles, and scientific publications of the time, Roland Jackson paints a detailed portrait of John Tyndall and his world in this first major biography for over 70 years
  • Sets Tyndall's life and changing ideas against the backdrop of the intense debates of Victorian Britain concerning science, religion, and society
  • Describes both Tyndall's scientific achievements and his major mountaineering expeditions
  • Captures the intellectual life of mid-Victorian Britain through Tyndall's interactions with figures such as Faraday, Huxley, Pasteur, Carlyle, and Tennyson
  • - Roland Jackson, himself a seasoned mountaineer, has been Head of the Science Museum, London; Chief Executive of the British Science Association; and Executive Chair of Sciencewise

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